Well…sometimes I come across something that makes me so angry that I just have to vent…regardless of whether or not others agree. I was thrilled to receive the August issue of Cookie magazine which I think is a very thoughtful and fantastic publication. I loved to see the adorable pic of Amanda Peet and her daughter on the cover. Well, upon reading the article featuring Amanda and her daughter I was speechless.
Below is an excerpt from the Cookie magazine article:
Peet’s analytical urges are comical when she’s talking about kids’ gear, but not when she’s discussing a subject she feels is among today’s most pressing public-health issues: infant vaccinations. “As soon as I was pregnant, the neuroses kicked in,” says Peet, 36, who is married to screenwriter David Benioff. She began calling her older sister’s husband, a Philadelphia pediatrician, “every five minutes” with all kinds of questions, especially about shots. “I asked him, ‘Why are all of these necessary? Why are some people staggering them?’?” Eventually her brother-in-law arranged a series of phone calls between Peet and his own mentor, Paul Offit, M.D., who is chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, and a board member of Every Child by Two, a pro-vaccine organization cofounded in 1991 by former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
“Once we had spoken, I was shocked at the amount of misinformation floating around, particularly in Hollywood,” says Peet, who quickly boned up on the hot-button controversies surrounding the topic, including the unproven link between certain vaccines and autism; the safety of preservatives like mercury-based thimerosal; and the fear that the relatively high number of shots kids receive today can overwhelm young immune systems. Her conclusion? Well, not only is Frankie up-to-date on her vaccines (with no staggering), but her mom will soon appear in public-service announcements for Every Child by Two. “I buy 99 percent organic food for Frankie, and I don’t like to give her medicine or put sunscreen on her,” says Peet. “But now that I’ve done my research, vaccines do not concern me.” What does concern her is the growing number of unvaccinated children who are benefiting from the “shield” created by the inoculated—we are protected from viruses only if everyone, or most everyone, is immunized: “Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.”
Ok…the first thing that is suspect here is that the mentor of Amanda’s sister’s husband is Dr. Paul Offit. Dr. Paul Offit, a.k.a. Paul “For Profit” Offit, is the leading vaccine promoter in the US. Dr. Paul Offit is also one of the patent holders of the rotavirus vaccine (Patent Application number 353547), and the recipient of a $350,000 grant from Merck for its development. Additionally, he is a consultant to Merck Pharmaceuticals. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a 15 member panel of immunization experts, selected by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. They provide advice and guidelines to the Secretary for Health the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccine-preventable diseases. As a member of the ACIP, starting in 1998, Dr. Paul Offit voted “yes” three times out of four on issues pertaining to the ACIP’s rotavirus statement, including, voting for his own vaccine to be included in the immunization schedule. He is also the doctor whose incomprehensible statement, “an infant can safely receive up to 10,000 vaccines at once,” will live on in infamy. In August 2000, the Committee on Government Reform of the US Congress issued a highly critical document called Conflict of Interest in Vaccine Policy Making. Dr. Paul Offit was reprimanded by Congress and his actions were a primary focus of the report.
The report focused on the introduction of the Rotavirus vaccine called Rotashield in the late 1990s. The report stated, “A little more than one year after the “RotaShield” rotavirus vaccine was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration as a safe and effective vaccine, it was removed from the market due to adverse events. More than 100 cases of severe bowel obstruction, or intussusception, were reported in children who had received the vaccine.”
1) In 2006, Dr. Offit’s vaccine, Rotateq, was added to the CDC’s recommended schedule. Rotateq is one of the most expensive vaccines ever marketed, with Merck listing it at $187.50 wholesale for the three-dose series. That means many doctors are likely to charge more than $300 retail, putting the Merck product in league with Prevnar, an expensive Wyeth vaccine that has been widely used in the United States for five years.
2) In May 2008, it was reported that, “Later in 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 117 confirmed cases of intussusception among recipients of Rotateq between March 2006 and June 2007.” This is more cases of bowel obstruction than the vaccine the FDA recalled from the market, Rotashield.
Also, in 2008 it was reported that, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an update to the product label for Merck & Co.’s Rotateq vaccine to include the report of a death of a recipient due to an intestinal obstruction.”
The FDA is warning parents, Doctors and other’s who work with children about the dangerous side effects of the newest Rotavirus vaccine – Rotateq. Newly vaccinated infants have reportedly been admitted with life-threatening twisting of the intestines. This serious condition is intessusception and is the reason why the original rotavirus vaccine was pulled from the market years ago.
Another not-so-well known fact about the Rotateq shot is that it is a live vaccine. It is very possible to transmit rotavirus from a freshly vaccinated baby to those who are around them. Rota shield was the name of the first rotavirus vaccine developed by Wyeth and was recalled in 1999 after being attributed to intestinal twisting in young children. Many parents and pediatricians were skeptical when the newest version Rotateq came out, yet it’s been added to the recommended “childhood immunization schedule” despite not being adequately tested before its release. Anyone who’s experienced a few days of upset stomachs and messy diarrhea will attest to it being no fun, but it is manageable and almost always not life threatening in otherwise healthy children. Before the first vaccine came out, there wasn’t a huge concern about this condition; it was just a part of growing up for most in most families. It is estimated that everyone catches rotavirus at least once before the age of 5.
Merck is still trying to “perfect” it’s rotavirus vaccine. Do you really believe that they have been successful THIS TIME? They are using our children as guinea pigs…simply part of their experiment. And they are doing it for personal financial gain.
What do you think?